Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 19th, 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

This week:

Get ready for Masters of the Web featuring our own Vic Holtreman; Tom Cruise rocks out with his..er… shirt off in Rock of Ages; there’s change ahead for John Travolta’s Gotti biopic; Green Lantern is in the red but Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool and Kate Winslet as well as Josh Brolin join Jason Reitman’s Labor Day.

Box Office

It’s not easy being green and for Warner Bros, it’s not easy starting a new superhero franchise. Sure, they successfully rebooted the Batman series, and they’ve got a new Superman film off the ground, but in recent years the studio has struggled to get films like The Flash and Justice League out of development hell – not to mention the recent Wonder Woman TV debacle. Meanwhile, Marvel characters have been flourishing on the big screen, with X-Men, Thor and  Captain America all kicking butt this summer. Which brings us to Green Lantern.

Last year Green Lantern’s first trailer was met with a muted response, which led to lowered expectations by the fanboy community, despite the presence of Ryan Reynolds. Further footage improved on these first impressions, and when the marketing blitz took over, even naysayers (like myself) believed that the film could be a fun summer ride, or the “new Star Wars,”  as those involved in the film would have you believe. However, once the reviews started coming in (read ours here) it looked like the writing was on the wall for the big budget comic book adaptation. The film cost a reported $300 million to produce and market – with some sources saying that this number is on the conservative side. If this is true then it’ll have to make some serious green to turn a profit.

An estimated opening weekend gross of just $52.6 million saw the film open to more than $10 million less that Thor and about $3 million shy of the X-Men: First Class debut- the fourth film in a decade old franchise. If the film drops as expected next weekend, then it’ll have to rake in some serious cash on the foreign circuit and in ancillaries to get out of the red. Suddenly Green Lantern 2 isn’t looking like a sure thing, cue “no green light for Green Lantern 2″ headlines.

Green Lantern opens at number one Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 19th, 2011

What does this mean for other Warner Bros./DC superhero films?

Probably not a lot considering the inertia of the DC stable at Warner Bros. However, when they do get the ball rolling they’ll have to raise their game – and not just attempt to be a CGI spectacle. Nolan’s Batman films show that a good comic book adaptation can, not only be a great film, but also faithful to the source material and financially successful. It could be that audiences are also showing signs of superhero fatigue, which is something that may not bode well for Captain America – a character who will have to work hard to try and bring in coin abroad. Maybe the studio will hire more auteur filmmakers like Nolan to helm their DC adaptations, no offense to Martin Campbell, but he’s a very workmanlike director who has as many misses as hits on his resume – for every Goldeneye and Mask of Zorro there’s a Vertical Limit and Legend of Zorro. I mean, who wouldn’t love to see David Fincher’s Teen Titans?

Warner Bros. is at a crucial juncture with regard to their franchises. The Harry Potter series ends this year and Nolan has stated that he’s hanging up the bat cape after The Dark Knight Rises - so they need a new vibrant franchise. Superman has the potential but they bet a lot on the Green Lantern. That bet doesn’t seem to have paid off, so it looks like they’ll be back to the drawing board, and  I expect that some Warner Bros. employees will be getting a few stern words come Monday morning.

J.J Abram’s Super 8 dropped to number two, but held up well. The Steven Spielberg produced film dropped less than 50% and brought in another $21 million, upping its gross to a solid $72 million.

Jim Carrey’s latest live action feature had a disappointing start. Mr. Popper’s Penguins grossed an estimated $18 million. The debut is in-line with 2008’s Yes Man, which ended its run with $92 million, so the future may not be too bleak for Carrey and his feathered friends.

X-Men: First Class continues to hold well in its third week. The Matthew Vaughn franchise prequel scored another $11.5 million and brought its total to $120 million. The superhero film has now grossed over $250 million worldwide.

The Hangover Part 2 laughed up another $9.6 million for a total gross in the region of $232 million. Meanwhile, Kung Fu Panda 2 brought in about $8.7 million for a $143 million total and Bridesmaids walked down the aisle with over $7 million for a total cume of $136 million.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sailed away with over $6 million and brought its total haul to $220 million – while Woody Allen’s latest Midnight in Paris grossed over $5 million for a cumulative take a smidgen under $22 million. The Owen Wilson film is on the way to becoming the director’s highest grossing feature in over twenty years!

The top ten was rounded out by Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. The family film grossed just over $2 million for an $11 million total. It’s no wonder she’s moody.

Outside the top ten saw Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (read our review) gross over $1 million. If you like it then you should be happy to know that Malick is apparently working on a six hour cut of the film. Seriously.

Movie News

1. Like movies? Love Screen Rant? Going to Comic Con this year?

Then you’ll be happy to know that, as always, Screen Rant will be representing. Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m stuck in the UK. However, Screen Rant’s founding father – Vic Holtreman will be present along with other members of the gang and he’ll be taking part in the legendary Masters of the Web panel.

screen rant at masters of the web Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 19th, 2011

Vic will be joined on the panel by such web luminaries as AMC’s John Campea, Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson, Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, Movieline’s Jen Yamato, Film School Rejects’ Scott Beggs, Mike Sampson from Joblo, as well Sasha Perl-Raver and Jenna Busch.

Get your tickets, plan your questions, and go and see your favourite movie bloggers in the flesh!

Source: AMC


2. The big screen version of 80s-set musical Rock of Ages has been shooting in Miami for the last few weeks and now the first image of Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx has been released.

first look cruise in rock of ages Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 19th, 2011

If you want to see a larger version of Cruise in all of his shirtless-gym inflicted glory then visit his official site here.

Source: Tom Cruise


3. John Travolta’s John Gotti biopic has gotten (gottin?) a new title.

The film was going by the title Gotti: Three Generations, which kind of made it sound like a bad television mini-series, but now it’ll known by the moniker of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father – which kind of makes it sound like a bad television movie. Nice!

Travolta will be joined in the Barry Levinson film by Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, and his wife Kelly Preston.

Great talent involved – shame about the title. Why don’t this just call it Gotti?

Source: What’ s Playing


4. Ryan Reynolds has long been associated with superheroes. The former Mr. Scarlett Johansson was once rumored for The Flash, starred opposite the troubled Wesley Snipes in Blade Trinity, and portrayed Deadpool in Hugh Jackman’s disappointing Wolverine. He’s now the star of the poorly received Green Lantern, which, unless a miracle happens will probably not get a sequel. I see some sort of pattern here – could there be a Ryan Reynolds superhero curse?

That said, Reynolds’ fans shouldn’t fear, as it looks like his long in development Deadpool spinoff film is inching closer to fruition. Reynolds was out shilling his green themed DC comics adaptation to MTV when he divulged some details on the Marvel movie.

When asked about the film and its director Tim Miller Reynolds said:

“I love Tim. Tim is someone who we all vetted through and through. He’s a guy who captures the spirit of it, and he’s also an incredible visual artist. Also, Tim came cheap, which helped as well. In order to do this movie the way we want to do it is pretty nasty, and pretty hard. You can’t exactly have a $200 million budget when you want to do a movie like this.”

Hopefully the Reynolds superhero curse won’t strike again.

Source: MTV


5. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will star in Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day. Don’t worry – it’s not a follow-up to Valentine’s Day, although that is on the way in the form of New Year’s Eve.

According to Entertainment Weekly:

“Set in the early ’80s over the late summer holiday weekend, Labor Day opens with divorced, depressed single mom Adele clothes shopping with her 13-year-old son, Henry. They encounter a large, fearsome man — who also happens to be bleeding badly. He asks for a ride, and against all judgment, they give him one.

Are they hostages, accomplices… or just deluded? As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story and their options become more and more limited.”

The film will shoot next year and don’t be too surprised if it gets an Oscar nod or two come 2013.

Source: EW

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. the weakest grosser of the 4 xmen films, and you are calling it holding well…. please give me a break…. the movie blows, worst xmen film ever…

    • It’s holding well – considering that it had quite a weak opening.

      Sequels and comic book movies usually have a very steep drop-off as they have a lot of up front demand.

      Sure, it’s not a massive hit, but it got good reviews when compared to Green Lantern – go check Rotten Tomatoes. It should make enough money to get a sequel, when all is said and done.


      • From what I understand, First Class will likely triple its budget when all the beans are finally tallied up. That should guarantee a sequel, especially if they continue to keep the costs down.

        But I hope Green Lantern gets a sequel too.

        • I doubt First Class will triple it’s budget at the current rate of returns. It would have to make another 200 million domestic and foreign to do that, which would be hard at the current drop off rate and fall off of how many screens it’s on.

        • Maybe like Gi Joe it could get a sequel with a smaller budget and a more capable director when it comes to effects? Then people would get that practical real suit they wanted lol.

          • I am not sure what type of returns the studios want for these kinds of movies but, Warner was not happy with almost 400 million made on Superman Returns 270 million budget so the math is not in Green Lanterns favor at this point.

            Question is if they do another one with a smaller budget what would they be cutting out ? They spent another 10 million on the back end for effects for this movie and one would guess a smaller budget would cut out most of the Green Lantern Corps. stuff all together.

            • Idk either but to me the only reason they had to pump extra cash to finish effects is because they prolly underestimated how long it would take and filming got delayed by 3 mths in the beginning. Also their choice of VFX house too. If a smaller budget was used then practical makeup would have to be used for Hal and the important GL members. The background gl’s can be cgi, I guess it’s all planning.

              All I can say is we’ll see.

            • According to some, a film has to at least double its budget to be considered a huge success.
              Althouth that is now always the case.

              Superman Returns took more money at the box office than Batman Begins. But it also cost more to make. Neither of them made a massive amount.

              The only chance of Green Lantern getting a sequel is if they can fins a way to drastically cut the budget.

              Which wasn’t $300 million at all. It was just over $200. WB spent nearly $100 million dollars marketing the film.

              • Supermen Returns barely beat Batman Begins and didn’t even break even with the US sales alone. The foreign ticket sales seem to save allot of movies from being a complete bust but, seriously why would Warner sink more money into Green Lantern thinking it would out perform Batman or Superman ?

                They must have seen Iron Man’s numbers and figured why not. Things keep going down this road though and these types of movies are going to get their budgets cut drastically. Seems like there is some burnout starting among movie-goers too, depending on how Captain America does I wouldn’t be surprised to see some projects put on hold.

                • For GL I’ll wait on the final figures to see. Since WB are hoping for the young summer crowd now off from school to help save it.


                  But yea 4 superhero movies in 1 summer season alone is too much. I’m already thinking of Captain America and I start to feel tired lol. But is next year gonna be any different with Ghost Rider 2, Spiderman and TDKR and The Avengers. MOS is slated for holiday season so we should be well rested by then lol.

                  • Yeah well rested and intelligent enough to skip TMOS and focus on Star Trek 2!

                    • Gonna have to disagree with you there as I’m looking forward to that lol. Star Trek 2 as well but I just wanna see how MOS turns out.

  2. ” Meanwhile, Marvel characters have been flourishing on the big screen, with X-Men, Thor and Captain America all kicking butt this summer. ”

    Umm excuse me, but I dont think Captain America has kicked anything yet this summer…

    Just Sayin….

  3. Green Lantern was good ,it kept my attention and was faithful as a comic book adaptation.

    Moviegoers that are slamming the flim are expecting perfection which is insane.

    I loved the movie and plan to buy it later on DVD. :)

  4. I just want to say that i don’t think that Ryan Reynolds is “A curse on superhero franchises” Wesley Snipes was awesome in Blade 1 & 2, but he kind of phoned in his performance in Blade Trinity… In fact i thought Ryan’s performance was the best thing about that movie! He was a total scene stealer.Like when he was talking all that smack to the vamps while they were interrogating him lol.

    And he rocked as Deadpool as well.I plan on seeing Green Lantern in theatre this upcoming Saturday.However the story and plot turns out. I’m sure Mr. Reynolds won’t be part of the problem :)

  5. I don’t care what anyone says, Green Lantern rocked! Don’t believe all this bad publicity from people who do not understand the comic book world. The movie was truly awesome and the 3D did not disappoint.

    I think some of you follow movies for so long that no matter what the end result you will still be disappointed.

    Again, go see this movie if you are a fan of comics, sci-fi, and all around good fun.

  6. Ryan Reynolds nd Chris Evans have so much in common, they both have played lesser roles in disappointing comic book adaptations, there have been controversies over playing multiple comic character, they both got thier own hero film in the same summer, and we all agree they are both handsome dudes… biggest difference? chris’s movie was good…

  7. Get ready for Masters of the Web featuring our own Vic Holtreman; Tom Cruise rocks out with his..er… shirt